Teams looking to find a winning formula meet in the regular season opener when the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. The Steelers (8-8 in 2019) are playing their sixth straight road opener and will look to overtake the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North after finishing second the past two seasons. New York (4-12), which was 1-3 against the AFC a year ago, is 50-40-5 in Week 1. The Giants are looking for their first winning season since 2016, when they went 11-5.

Monday Night Football from MetLife Stadium is slated to start at 7:10 p.m. ET. Pittsburgh is favored by six in the latest Steelers vs. Giants odds from William Hill after the line opened at -3.5, while the over-under is 46. Before locking in any Giants vs. Steelers picks, make sure you see the NFL predictions from SportsLine’s proven projection model.

The SportsLine Projection Model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up over $7,000 for $100 players on its top-rated NFL picks since its inception five years ago. It also enters the 2020 NFL season on an incredible 96-65 roll on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season.

The model ranked in the Top 10 on NFLPickWatch in three of the past four years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Sports office pool players three times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has set its sights on Steelers vs. Giants. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the NFL odds from William Hill and trends for Giants vs. Steelers:

  • Steelers vs. Giants spread: Steelers -6
  • Steelers vs. Giants over-under: 46 points
  • Steelers vs. Giants money line: Steelers -245, Giants +205
  • PIT: WR James Washington set career highs in catches (44), receiving yards (735) and touchdowns (3) last year
  • NYG: WR Sterling Shepard led the team with 57 receptions in 2019, his fourth straight 50-plus catch season

Why the Steelers can cover

Pittsburgh once again is expected to have a strong defense. Last year, the Steelers allowed just 18.9 points per game. Linebacker T.J. Watt set career highs in sacks (14.5), forced fumbles (8), pass breakups (8) and interceptions (2) last season. He was the only player in the league with five or more forced fumbles and two or more picks. In his last two games on Monday Night Football, Watt has 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. 

Another beast on defense for Pittsburgh is linebacker Devin Bush, who led all rookies in 2019 with 109 tackles, including 72 solo, and tied for the lead with four fumble recoveries. Bush is the only rookie in team history to have 100 or more tackles in a season. He played in all 16 games and made 15 starts.

Why the Giants can cover

New York struggled on defense a year ago, but the Giants have made a number of moves during the offseason to bolster that side of the ball. One of those moves was signing free agent linebacker Blake Martinez. The former Green Bay Packer had 155 tackles last season, second-most in the league, and leads the NFL with 441 tackles since 2017.

Martinez had 97 solo stops a year ago along with three sacks and seven tackles for loss. He also had two pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble. 

A holdover from a year ago is linebacker Markus Golden, who led the team with 10 sacks. It was the second time in his career he had double-digit sacks. Golden finished fifth on the team in tackles with 72, including 37 solo. He also had 18 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.

How to make Giants vs. Steelers picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total. In fact, it says the Steelers will be limited to under two passing TDs and one rushing score, while the Giants’ offense will be held to two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing. It also says one side of the spread cashes more than 50 percent of the time. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Steelers vs. Giants on Monday Night Football? And which side of the spread cashes over half the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Giants vs. Steelers spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up more than $7,000 on its top-rated NFL picks, and find out.

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